Eefje de Visser X Nick Verstand
24 april 2021
Singer Eefje de Visser and contemporary artist Nick Verstand present an audiovisual work in a triptych, at the intersection of live performance and modern art.
The work explores the bringing together of contrasts in environments that influence our perception of sound, light and space. During this show Eefje will play songs from her latest album “Bitterzoet”, chosen by the Dutch pop critics as the best album of 2020. But she also brings older and new work, and emphasizes live harmony vocals and movement.
Eefje de Visser
If the lushly produced synth pop of Eefje de Visser had to be described in one word, “Bitterzoet”, meaning ‘bittersweet’, would certainly be a good choice. But the title of the Dutch singer-songwriter’s fourth album also makes sense from another artistic perspective. Never before has her music sounded this full of longing, yet firmly rooted in the present, confronted with an era that is equal measures fear and hope.
Ethereal vocals waft through aquatic synthesizer soundscapes with the elegance that has always been De Visser’s trademark, but which now truly comes to the fore. The Benelux countries have hailed her as a star for years, and now the rest of us are starting to realize just how much of a pop visionary this woman is.
Nick Verstand is a contemporary artist researching human perception through spatial audiovisual compositions. His autonomous installations and live performances investigate the frontier between the material and the immaterial, and are created through collaborative design processes aimed at breaking down social boundaries. The resulting intuitive experiences, co-creations of artist and audience, generate a hypnotizing environment for the subconscious mind.
Nick has exhibited and performed at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Shed (NYC), STRP Festival, Design Society (CHN), Paris Couture Week (FR), De School, SXSW (USA), Dekmantel, Art Central Hong Kong, Design Museum Gent (BE), Iceland Airwaves (IS), Dutch Design Week and collaborated with artists such as Iris van Herpen, Björk and Suzanne Ciani. Dezeen selected his project AURA as one of the top 10 art installations of 2017, alongside Olafur Eliasson, Ai Weiwei and Anish Kapoor.